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Court Orders Status Quo in Rivers State Legislators’ Case

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Afor Kenneth

The Port Harcourt Appeal Court has issued a ruling on motions related to a case filed by Martin Amaewhule and others, challenging a Rivers State High Court’s injunction that barred them from serving as state legislators.

The virtual ruling ordered the parties to maintain the current situation until the appeal is heard and decided.

Similar to a recent state high court judgment, the appeal court’s virtual ruling is sparking diverse interpretations among interested parties, fueling ongoing controversy.

The Rivers State Government has clarified that the court’s decision pertains to two motions (CA/PH/198/2024) filed by Martin Amaewhule and his co-appellants, providing context to the recent ruling in the ongoing legal proceedings.

However, in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr. Joe Johnson, he stated that while ruling on the first motion, the court “granted the Appellants’ prayers for leave to compile and transmit the Records of Appeal, deeming the Appellants’ Brief of Argument as filed, accelerated hearing and a stay of further proceedings at the High Court”.

According to him, the Court of Appeal declined to grant the request to nullify Victor Oko-Jumbo’s actions, citing that doing so would be equivalent to prematurely deciding the appeal.

Instead, the court chose to preserve the status quo, allowing the appeal process to unfold without predetermining the outcome.

He said the court, however, went on to order that “the present status quo should be maintained pending the hearing of the Appeal”.

He clarified that the appeal court rejected the motion to overturn the interim injunction granted by Justice C.N Wali on May 29, 2024. The court upheld the current status quo, contrary to the appellants’ request to revert to the pre-suit status.

The respondents have been directed to submit their briefs within 72 hours of service, and the appeal is scheduled for hearing on June 20, 2024.

The Commissioner urged the public to disregard misleading interpretations of the ruling circulating in some quarters.

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